Warning: triggering material
The film discussion on another post reminded me of the film "Disgrace", which I saw recently. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by South African writer JM Coetzee which won the Booker prize a few years ago. The film addresses the topic of rape: there is the rape of the student by the Professor/protagonist Lurie (because this is what it is, is it not, even though reviews refer to it as "seduction"). There is also the rape of the Lurie's daughter Lucy, who lives on a remote South African farm, by three young men.
As the review from the Sydney Morning Herald puts it:
The aftermath of this catastrophe forms the moral kernel of the film. Father and daughter react very differently. His first instinct is a desire for revenge but it's complicated by her silences. For once in his life, his intellect is no help to him. He can't work out what she's thinking and she won't tell him. Then at last, he begins to realise the sacrifices she is willing to make and they appal him.For those who have read the book or seen the film, I would be very interested to know how you reacted to the ending in particular as I found it absolutely awful and am still not sure what to think.